NAB 2007 Holographic Memory





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Published on May 11, 2007


Let's begin our NAB explorations with memory. After all, what's the point of learning anything if we can't remember what we've learned? Even the lowly amoeba has to remember what to move towards or away from. For our species, with the ever complexifying lives we lead and knowledge systems we use, need for memory is increasing at an exponential rate.

And our machines are trying to keep up. How many megapixels is your camera now? Did you pick up that cheap 500 gig USB drive at Costco yet?

We need more memory N:OW! And one of the most exciting ways this is happening is via information encoding using the 3rd dimension.

Think moving lasers, holograms, and photopolymers, light sensitive plastic.

Essentially, you are burning information throughout the entire volume, as well as the length and breadth of the disc. (Yes, there is still a bright future in plastics, thanks to lasers!..:-)

This clip is our interview with Liz Murphy of In Phase Technology, developer of the first practical holographic storage system. She will explain the tech for you in a fun and very comprehensible way, how it will be initially used, costs, availability, and where it's going in the near future. Could this really be commonly available soon? Will it change everything? We think it's worth a look.

And while you are looking, we think the 'culture vultures' amongst you will particularly enjoy the classic icons of Las Vegas, at the very end of the clip, and a cameo by our vlog collegue, Scott Jacobs!


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